The Waterboy

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The Waterboy

The Waterboy is a 1998 American sports/comedy film directed by Frank Coraci (who played Robert 'Roberto' Boucher, Sr.), starring Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, Fairuza Balk, Henry Winkler, Jerry Reed, Larry Gilliard, Jr., Blake Clark, Peter Dante and Jonathan Loughran, and produced by Robert Simonds and Jack Giarraputo.

Lynn Swann, Lawrence Taylor, Jimmy Johnson, Bill Cowher, Paul Wight and Rob Schneider have cameo appearances. The movie was extremely profitable, earning $161.5 million in North America alone. This was Sandler's second film to eclipse $120 million worldwide in 1998 along with The Wedding Singer.

Adam Sandler's character, Bobby Boucher (pronounced "Boo-SHAY"), bears a strong resemblance to his "The Excited Southerner" comedic skits from his album "What the Hell Happened to Me?" The portrayal is one of a stereotypical Cajun from the bayous of South Louisiana, not the typical stereotype of a Southerner. He also shares similarities in speech and mannerism to Canteen Boy, a recurring character, also portrayed by Adam Sandler, on Saturday Night Live. Like Bobby, Canteen Boy preferred "purified water, right out of the old canteen", which he always carried with him.

Film summary

The Waterboy
Directed byFrank Coraci
Produced byJack Giarraputo
Robert Simonds
Adam Sandler
Written byTim Herlihy
Adam Sandler
StarringAdam Sandler
Kathy Bates
Fairuza Balk
Henry Winkler
Jerry Reed
Larry Gilliard, Jr.
Blake Clark
Peter Dante
Jonathan Loughran
Music byAlan Pasqua
CinematographySteven Bernstein
Editing byTom Lewis
StudioTouchstone Pictures
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures
Release date(s)
  • November 6, 1998 (1998-11-06)
Running time90 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$23,000,000
Box office$185,991,646

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